September 30, 2013.
Academy award winning actress Jane Fonda has joined a California team of distinguished scientists, educators and media producers working to create inspirational stories about the state’s changing natural environment.
Fonda will narrate a two-hour PBS documentary and a companion set of short films that will reach millions of television viewers and visitors at state and national parks throughout California.
The productions are part of the California Environmental Legacy Project, a nonpartisan educational initiative that combines artful storytelling and state-of-the-art digital media to raise awareness and understanding about our changing natural environment.
“These films are important and beautifully told stories about California’s natural heritage and how – if we work together – we can build a new and more sustainable partnership with nature,” says Jane Fonda. “We’ve changed California’s natural environment in so many ways that it’s putting us at risk. We need to find a solution, a balance between nature and civilization. The Legacy Project is working to do just that.”
Says Fonda, “I was inspired to narrate the Legacy Project’s films because of my deep connection to California and my profound concern for its future. It is incredibly important that we preserve our natural heritage for future generations.”
With original music by legendary musician Pat Metheny, these programs will be the first to tell the grand story of environmental change in California, from colliding tectonic plates, to the community of life, human exploitation, coexistence and more.
The PBS documentary, Becoming California, illuminates our relationship with California’s environment and explores how nature and civilization can better coexist. The documentary is targeted for broadcast in spring 2014 on public television stations throughout California.